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Using styles

"Output Style" is the term EndNote uses to refer to the template file used to format the citations and bibliography correctly for your citation or referencing style. EndNote installs with 500 output styles (APA, Chicago, etc), but over 7000 additional styles are available on the EndNote Style Finder page.

To choose your Output Style in EndNote:

  1. With your Library open, click on a reference.
  2. In the bottom of the right panel you will see the current style.
  3. The style that is presently selected can be changed by clicking the dropdown arrow.
  4. If the list does not include your preferred style, click Select Another Style to browse the EndNote Choose A Style list. Should an individual output style you wish to use not appear in EndNote's default selection of styles, you may want to check whether it is available for download from EndNote's Style Finder or other source. See the Installing Individual Styles page for more information.

Screenshot - Select another style

To download an output style found in the EndNote Style Finder:

  1. Click the Download button to save the style to your computer.
  2. Double click on the downloaded style to open it within EndNote.
  3. EndNote should automatically open in the style template window. Click File menu and choose Save As.
  4. Name the style as you wish. If the word “Copy” appears at the end, you may wish to remove it. You can then click Save.
  5. Close the style by clicking the File menu and then Close Style.
  6. The style will now be available to select for formatting with EndNote.

AGLC 4th edition

AGLC is a legal citation style specific to Australia. AGLC4 (updated in November 2018) is not available in the default list of output styles within EndNote, but it is available to be downloaded and installed manually. Several universities in Australia created the style for EndNote "in-house"; the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has an AGLC4 file and an installation guide available.

Journal abbreviations

One of the features of AMA style are the special abbreviations of the journal names. These abbreviations come from a specific list created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in the US. This "terms list" must be configured separately in EndNote to ensure that journal names abbreviated properly in your references. Follow the steps below to set up the terms list.

  1. In EndNote 20 go to Library > Open Term Lists > Journal Terms List (in X9, X8 go to Tools > Open Term Lists)
  2. Highlight the first journal, and press [Ctrl]+A on the keyboard to highlight all the terms (on a Macintosh, this would be [Command]+A). Note: If the Journal Terms List is empty, skip to step 4.
  3. Next, press the "Delete Term" button to the right to empty the list of old terms.
  4. Go to the "Lists" tab at the top, and click on the "Import List" button.
  5. Browse to the Term Lists folder within the EndNote folder, and choose to open the Medical text file.

For more information, see EndNote: Generate full or abbreviated journal names.

The new 7th edition of APA (updated in November 2019) is available in EndNote as from the X9.3.3 update. If you have a previous version of EndNote, you may access a download file from the EndNote Style Finder or please see this page for download details:

EndNote can handle most of the requirements of the APA style, but EndNote does not include the full spectrum of reference types that are described in the APA manual.  If you are citing a reference type that is not included in EndNote, you should consult the APA manual.  You may need to add or modify your own reference types, if so you can follow the instructions in the knowedge base article Adding and Deleting Reference Types.

The Report reference type is designed to work with reports downloaded from the Internet.  Print reports require a different format.

For Podcasts, the APA format requests that the Producer field be listed first in lieu of the "author" field.  To make sure that the producer is formatted correctly the user will need to enter a name as:

Van Nuys,, D. J. (note the two commas)

For transcribed interviews, APA requires the full name of the interviewer in a first name, then last name format.  To ensure that the name formats correctly, enter it as shown below:

Daniel J. Van Nuys, (note the comma at the end)

For anonymous government documents, enter the governmental agency as the author.

For your reference list, note that for multiple authors: EndNote cannot currently handle APA 7th's approach to 20+ authors. If you have more than 20 authors, you will need to edit your reference to replace the authors between the 19th and the last author with ellipses (...). You can manually edit the reference list after removing EndNote code (converting to a plain text document). See link below:

Chicago 17th Footnote is installed as a default style in EndNote 20, but if you are using an older version of EndNote, you will have to download the style from the EndNote Style Finder or use the link above.